'''Design B-65''' was a ship class|class
of Super Type A cruiser
[According to ''Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946'', p. 178, the Japanese classified Super Type A cruisers as heavy cruisers; however, Garzke and Dulin assert in ''Battleships: Axis and Neutral Battleships in World War II'', p. 86, that B-65 cruisers "would have satisfied every basic characteristic of the battlecruiser type."]
planned by the Imperial Japanese Navy
(IJN) before and during World War II
. As envisioned by the IJN, the cruisers were to play a key role in the Night Battle Force portion of the Kantai Kessen|"Decisive battle"
strategy which Japan hoped, in the event of war, to employ against the United States Navy
Begun in 1939, plans were far enough along that tests were conducted with the main armament and against the underwater protection. Even though the ships were approved for construction under a 1942...